Promethean and Posthuman Freedom: Brassier on Improvisation and Time

  This is the full text of my presentation at the improvisation panel at The Society of European Philosophy-Forum of European Philosophy joint conference in Dundee, 2015. ************************************************************ 1) Introduction: Improvisation and the Politics of Technology   Ray Brassier’s “Unfree Improvisation/Compulsive Freedom” (written for the 2013 collaboration with Basque noise artist Mattin at Glasgow’s Tramway) […]

Improvising Time: Ray Brassier and all that Jazz

  What follows is a reworking of material in my earlier post on Ray Brassier and Improvisation. It’s part of a longer work in progress exploring whether aesthetic creativity can function as a model for decision-making in a posthuman (or Promethean) world. All comments and criticisms will be gratefully received.   ******************************************************************************************* 1) Introduction: Improvisation and Agency Ray […]

Pete Furniss improvising with C-C-Combine

Ajkad Csupa Vér – Pete Furniss, clarinet & live electronics from furnerino on Vimeo. Live improvisation by clarinettist Pete Furniss using C-C-Combine – a concatenative synthesis patch built by Rodrigo Constanzo in Max MSP. On his website, Rodrigo explains that concatenative synthesis is a form of granular synthesis employing modulation via sound sources rather than prescribed parameters […]

Compulsive Freedom: Brassier and Improvisation

  Ray Brassier’s  “Unfree Improvisation/Compulsive Freedom” (written for the 2013 event at Glasgow’s Tramway Freedom is a Constant Struggle) is a terse but insightful discussion of the notion of freedom in improvisation. It begins with a polemic against the voluntarist conception of freedom. The voluntarist understands free action as the uncaused expression of a “sovereign self”. Brassier […]